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  1. Obama Admin Doubling Down to Prevent Muslim Refugees From Reaching US

    by , 09-12-2016 at 03:08 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    Via Immigration Lawyer Bryan Johnson:

    In an interview with Fox News, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted that the Obama administration views refugees seeking asylum from the Middle East and Africa as more of a threat to the U.S. homeland than other (i.e. non-muslims) refugees seeking asylum:

    "In terms of the Southwest border, I just recently asked for them to focus on immigrants coming illegally from other hemispheres, from the Middle East and so forth, to detect them and block them before they even get to the homeland, working with governments in South America, Central America to prevent that from happening,"

    He went on:

    "You're correct that we're seeing illegal migrants coming from Africa, coming from the Middle East," Johnson told host Chris Wallace. "And we're doubling down on preventing that happening before they even reach the Southwest border."

    The Obama administration's actions are a carbon copy of what Donald Trump has stated in the past on refugees from Syria:

    "We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork," Trump said Monday on CNBC. "This could be one of the great Trojan horses."

    "We cannot let them into this country, period," Trump said Monday. "Our country has tremendous problems. We can't have another problem."

    Updated 04-18-2017 at 12:39 PM by MKolken

  2. 380 Organizations Rebuke Obama For Failing to Protect a Million Immigrants

    by , 09-09-2016 at 10:06 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via The National Immigrant Justice Center:

    September 8, 2016

    Refugees Fleeing El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala Desperately Need Protection from Violence

    WASHINGTON, DC — 380 national, state, and local organizations that advocate for the rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers delivered a letter to President Obama requesting that he designate El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala (the Northern Triangle countries) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), potentially benefiting at least 1.2 million undocumented immigrants. TPS is a form of humanitarian protection that provides a stay of deportation and employment authorization for undocumented immigrants who cannot safely be returned to their country of birth.

    In the letter, advocates tell President Obama: "We urge you to use the remaining time of your presidency to exhaust all options that would ease the suffering of the immigrant community and maintain family unity. A failure to do so risks cementing a legacy of deportation and enforcement that has led to the deportation of close to three million mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters."

    “President Obama has established a paradoxical policy where victims of persecution in the Northern Triangle countries are considered refugees, but those who successfully flee that same persecution and arrive in the United States are jailed in detention facilities and quickly deported back to the very countries they fled,” stated Jose Magaña-Salgado, managing policy attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

    The advocates' letter follows another released on September 6 by over 100 immigration and administrative law professors stating the president, contrary to his own remarks, does have the executive authority to expand TPS. The president’s statement that he has been “pushed to the limits of [his] executive authority” is incorrect and discouraging to the communities who experience the daily brunt of our nation’s immigration enforcement system.

    The organizations argue that while litigation on DACA and DAPA continues, the President should use his last few months in office to designate Guatemala and re-designate El Salvador and Honduras for TPS. The letter follows the Administration’s tacit admission of the worsening conditions in the Northern Triangle countries through its expansion of the Central American Minors program, which provides in-country processing for refugees in Central America.

    “As people continue to flee rampant violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle, it is critical that the president use the tools at his disposal to address this humanitarian crisis,” said Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director at Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. “Blocking refugees from safety is immoral and violates domestic and international law. Congress gave the president clear statutory authority to provide Temporary Protected Status 25 years ago. Now is the time for President Obama to provide relief from record deportations.”

    The letter joins a growing chorus of voices in support of TPS for the Northern Triangle countries, including more than 100 immigration and administrative law professors; 200 faith groups; 146 members of the House of Representatives; and 23 members of the U.S. Senate. The letter is a renewed effort of a previous request for TPS sent by over 270 organizations in earlier this year.

    Read the full letter (PDF)


    About the Immigrant Legal Resource Center

    The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit that works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, law enforcement, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC’s mission is to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities.

    About the National Immigrant Justice Center

    Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change.
  3. Latino Population Growth Has Slowed Since Onset of Great Recession

    by , 09-08-2016 at 01:15 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Media contact: Molly Rohal, 202-419-4372,

    U.S. Latino Population Growth and Dispersion Has Slowed Since Onset of the Great Recession
    South still leads nation in growth overall, but three counties in North Dakota top list of fastest-growing

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 8, 2016) – The nation’s Latino population has long been characterized by its rapid growth and by its wide dispersion to parts of the country that traditionally have had few Latinos. But a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data finds that the growth and dispersion of the U.S. Latino population has slowed since 2007, when the Great Recession started, immigration from Latin America cooled and Latino fertility rates began to fall.

    Between 2007 and 2014, the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by 2.8%. This was down from a 4.4% growth rate between 2000 and 2007 and down from 5.8% annually in the 1990s. As a result, the Hispanic population, once the nation’s fastest growing, has now slipped behind Asians, whose population grew at an average annual rate of 3.4% from 2007 to 2014. Despite their slowing population growth, Latinos still accounted for more than half (52%) of the nation’s population growth between 2007 and 2014.

    Hispanic population dispersion, while continuing, has also slowed since 2007. Between 2007 and 2014, the share of U.S. counties with at least 1,000 Hispanics rose 4 percentage points (from 46% to 50%), down from the 8 percentage point gain between 2000 and 2007.

    The new Pew Research Center report examines the U.S. Hispanic population by county, state and metropolitan area. Among the findings:


    • North Dakota was home to the top three counties with the highest Hispanic population growth rates between 2007 and 2014 (among counties with at least 1,000 Hispanics in 2014). Williams County, Stark County and Ward County have all seen their Hispanic populations more than double, though from a small base.
    • Only three of the 10 fastest-growing county Hispanic populations from 2007 to 2014 were in southern states. By contrast, from 2000 to 2007, eight of the 10 fastest-growing Hispanic counties were in the southern states of Georgia (3), Mississippi (1), North Carolina (1), Tennessee (1) or Virginia (2).
    • Latinos account for more than half of the population growth in 41% of U.S. counties with at least 1,000 Latinos in 2014. About a third of these counties were located along the Southwest Border and about half are in non-metropolitan areas.
    • The nation’s Hispanic population is not growing everywhere. Between 2007 and 2014, the Hispanic population declined in 38 counties with at least 1,000 Hispanics in 2014, most of which were located in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.


    • California has the largest Hispanic population (15 million) – accounting for 27% of the nation’s Hispanic population – followed by Texas (10.4 million), Florida (4.8 million), New York (3.7 million) and Illinois (2.2 million). Together, these five states hold 65% of all Hispanics.
    • New Mexico leads the states for the share of the state population that is Hispanic (48%). California (39%), Texas (39%), Arizona (31%) and Nevada (28%) round out the top five.
    • North Dakota had the fastest growing Hispanic population between 2007 and 2014.Kentucky, Louisiana, Delaware and Maryland constitute the rest of the top five.
    • In most areas, U.S.-born Hispanics outnumber foreign-born Hispanics. There are two exceptions: the District of Columbia and Maryland.

    Metropolitan areas:

    • In 2014, more than half of U.S. Hispanics resided in the 15 largest metropolitan areas by Hispanic population. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, topped the list with 6 million Hispanics – more than the Hispanic population in all but two states, California and Texas.
    • Among the 15 largest metropolitan areas by Hispanic population, only two are majority foreign born: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia metropolitan area.

    Read the report:

    Explore the data in our interactive maps and fact sheets:

    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Molly Rohal at or 202-419-4372.

    Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take policy positions. The Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. Subscribe to our daily and weekly email newsletters or follow us on ourFact Tank blog.
  4. Trump Considering Legal Status for Undocumented Wishing to Serve in the Military

    by , 09-08-2016 at 09:16 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Last night Donald Trump softened his stance on deporting undocumented DREAMers befitting from DACA in an answer to a question by West Point graduate Captain Sue Fulton. She asked Trump his opinion on whether an undocumented person who wishes to serve in the armed forces deserves to stay in this country legally.

    Trump responded that he would “absolutely hold those people,” remarking that “The military is a very special thing,” and that “If they plan on serving, if they get in, I would absolutely hold those people. We have to be very careful. We have to vet very carefully. Everybody would agree with that. But the answer is it would be a very special circumstance, yes.”

    Click here to view the entire exchange.

    And remember...

    Service guarantees citizenship.

    Updated 09-08-2016 at 09:39 AM by MKolken

  5. Massachusetts Has Lowest Number of Deportations in US

    by , 09-07-2016 at 08:45 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Boston Herald:

    "Massachusetts last year deported the lowest percentage of [undocumented] aliens of any state in the nation — and had the third highest rate of granting asylum, according to a Herald investigation of a largely secret system that shows the Obama administration’s increasingly lax policy on immigration.

    The state’s immigration court, nestled in a largely unobserved space on the third floor of the John F. Kennedy Federal Building downtown, deported just 26.9 percent of [immigrants] who came before it, the country’s lowest average rate — and well below the national average of 46.4 percent, records show."

    Click here for the rest of the story.
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